Around the Town: Helena-area arts and entertainment news published Nov. 2, 2023

Montana Historical Society programs on tap in November

The presentations start off Nov. 2 with “Cities of the Dead” by Lauren Hunley, a community historian from the Western Heritage Center. She notes that cemeteries weren’t always associated with ghosts, ghouls and zombies. Instead, Hunley examines the history of American cemetery trends and includes pioneer cities, the rise of rural graveyards, and Native American traditions.

Hunley’s talk is from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Library, 120 So. Last Chance Gulch in Helena.

Next, Zoe Ann Stoltz, a retired MTHS reference historian, shares her love of food and its history during her presentation “Montana’s Holiday Tables and Tales.” Join her as she reminisces about holidays past. For example, how did 1863 miners make eggnog without chickens? How were oysters a staple? From the gold rush to drought and depression, all are studies in ingenuity and evolving customs and cultures.

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Stoltz’ special presentation is from 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at Touchmark at 915 Saddle Drive in Helena. The public is invited to attend.

On Nov. 16, the MTHS brings in a direct descendent of Wilbur Fisk Sanders, Montana’s

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